UIF Ters payments to resume on Monday

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​It is all systems go for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) after a two weeks suspension following allegations of fraud and corruption detailed by the Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu’s report.

The Department of Labour said that the resumption is slated for Monday September 21, 2020.

“We plan a payment run for all outstanding payments for April, May and June 2020 on Monday and Tuesday. After that, we will plan to run payments for 1 July to 15 August 2020 period from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020,” said Marsha Bronkhorst, Acting UIF Commissioner.

“We are aware that many workers around the country have been placed on a back foot as a result of the need to ensure that our systems stand up to scrutiny and we close the gaps identified by the Auditor General.”

“While the inconvenience was greatly regretted, we are pleased that we have turned things around in what we believe is quick time and our systems are ready to make a difference in the lives of the workers again,” she added.

The Auditor General’s report also guided the UIF on the steps to take to ensure that those who are deserving are recipients of the cash receive it.

In announcing the new developments, the UIF said they would also like to take the opportunity to urge employers and employees who have not applied for the Covid-19 TERS Benefits to be mindful of the application closing dates for a period between April to September.

The dates are set out as follows:

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1. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for March 2020 to end May 2020 shall close on 25 September 2020, and no further applications for that period, shall be accepted beyond that date.

2. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for June 2020 shall close on 15 October 2020, and no further applications for that period, shall be accepted beyond that date.

3. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for July to 15 September 2020 shall close 30 October 2020, and no further applications for that period, shall be accepted beyond that date.

The closing dates will not affect claims that have already been submitted, as they will be settled once all the outstanding information is finally submitted to the Fund.

The extraordinary payments which have seen R42-billion placed in the hands of workers are part of the Government’s response to the pandemic and are designed to ensure that workers were not irreparably negatively affected by the lockdown and its resultant lack of economic activity.

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